Steve Jobs and Occupy Wall Street. What Could Go Wrong?
I was trying to figure out how to start this post about the Occupy Wall Street what-not when I started reading some stuff on the internets about Steve Jobs dying. I didn’t know the man (I never returned any of his phone calls asking for advice), so I can’t speak to his character. He apparently made some cool stuff, and I appreciate that my/my wife’s MacBook Pro doesn’t take twenty five minutes to shut down like my work PC. But I’m also not some techy who can’t sleep the night before the new iPhone is released. I can say one thing about Steve Jobs though: he was a genius who used his genius to make people buy stuff that they enjoy using…and turned himself from a regular guy into a filthy rich guy who every hot chick he went to high school with is now kicking themselves for having been mean to (I’m looking at you hot chicks from high school who ignored
me Steve Jobs and are now unhappy and not hot anymore).
Then I read some Occupy Wall Street guy argue that Jobs wasn’t such a saint because he didn’t do enough for his own “workers who were responsible for his great wealth and success.” See, this is why I frequent lefty websites and radio stations because you couldn’t make this stuff up. Obviously the OWS guy was referring to Jobs having the nerve to create jobs in other countries. Now, this post isn’t about defending Jobs or his creating manufacturing jobs in other countries. This post is about the mentality of the OWS crowd.
Why are thousands camped out on Wall Street, and at various locations around the country? They say it’s to protest the 1%. Why? Let’s ignore the fact that the majority of the people whose lives are being made more difficult by the protests are far from being part of the 1%. Why protest people with lots of money? They say it’s because of jobs. What jobs? Did the CEO of Bank of America steal one of the OWS protestor’s jobs (seems unlikely)? My personal opinion is a simple one: a child-like feeling of entitlement.
Simply put, there is a chunk of people who feel they have a “right” to certain things in life…such as a certain job, with certain benefits, at a certain salary. Why? Because it’s “fair.” If they don’t get those things, then they find someone to blame. Well here’s the reality: you don’t have a right to anything. You’re not entitled to the corner office. Or health insurance. Or a flat-screen tv. And it isn’t because “life isn’t fair.” I know people that have fantastic jobs they don’t “deserve;” that they’ve received simply because they know someone who knows someone. I also know people that did everything “right,” but are stuck in a lousy job. I also know people with real problems, like going through divorces or suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Is any of this “fair?”
My wife used to tell my kids something along the lines of “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” I’d like to use that line on everyone sitting on Wall Street. “Fair” doesn’t exist beyond television. Instead, “it is what it is” should be everyone’s motto. Am I advocating for a lawless society where only the strong survive? Of course not. I’m simply advocating for people to stop acting like children and realize that no one shipped “your” job overseas, or took away “your” benefits. They don’t belong to you, and they never have.
What sets this country apart from every other one out there is opportunity. To take what you have and maximize it to the best of your abilities without arbitrary restrictions. Now, will everybody find the same success? Of course not. Does everybody even want the same success? No. I, for one, know that I have no desire to put in the work of AIG’s CEO. I enjoy sleeping and watching football too much.
My advice to the OWS crowd is the same advice I give to my kids and myself: appreciate what you’ve been given and don’t begrudge the success of others. And don’t schedule kids’ parties on the weekends, because that’s when football is on and no one will want to come.